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2005 State Land Use and Growth Management Report

2005
The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code requires the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services to prepare a comprehensive State Land Use and Growth Management Report every five years, beginning in 2005. This report is to be a comprehensive land use and growth management report with information, data and conclusions regarding growth and development patterns in PA along with recommendations to state agencies for coordination of executive action, regulation and programs. This is the inaugural report.
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2010 State Land Use and Growth Management Report

2011
The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code requires the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services to prepare a comprehensive State Land Use and Growth Management Report every five years, beginning in 2005. This report takes an in-depth look at statewide and regional growth and development patterns. It will be a vital tool in assessing trends and barriers related to land use, population and development and will be a tremendous resource in mapping out future growth opportunities for Pennsylvania."
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2012 National Resources Inventory Report

2015
The report provides updated information on the status, condition, and trends of land, soil, water, and related resources on America's farmland. The 2012 NRI provides nationally consistent data for the 30-year period 1982–2012.
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2015 State Land Use and Growth Management Report

2015
The report contains data on a variety of issues relevant to land use and development in Pennsylvania. It was prepared by the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services with input from a variety of state government agencies and the Pennsylvania State Planning Board. Data covers land use and growth trends; changes in demographics, the economy, and resources that affect land use; and land use and development tools used by municipalities.
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Backyard Open Space: Challenges of Managing Open Space in Subdivisions

2009
Organizations/Sources: Brandywine Conservancy
These documents are handouts from a 2009 workshop regarding managing open space in subdivisions.
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Brownfields Resource Guide

2007
This resource guide was created to increase awareness about the funding and technical assistance programs available to support the cleanup and reuse of brownfields in the Delaware Valley region.
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Chapter 2: Human Population Growth and Land-Use Change / Synthesis of U.S. Geological Survey Science for the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem and Implications for Environmental Management

2007
This chapter of Human Population Growth and Land-Use Change, written by Peter Claggett synthesizes the USGS findings about the rate of urban sprawl in the Chesapeake watershed and outcomes from a vulnerability assessment.
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Conducting a Resource Lands Assessment for Pennsylvania

2009
Authors: Paul T. Zeph
PowerPoint presentation on the Resource Lands Assessment (RLA) currently being developed for Pennsylvania with assistance from the US EPA. This presentation briefly reviews the RLA developed for the Chesapeake Bay, and the process being used to develop a similar, but different RLA for the whole state.
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Evaluation of CommunityViz Software as a Tool for Planning Boards

2006
This report discusses a first attempt to use Scenario 360 to set up an application that would report a set of development impacts associated with a sample development to a planning board.
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Greenscapes: The Green Infrastructure Element

2009
Organizations/Sources: Lancaster County
Greenscapes: The Green Infrastructure Element of the Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan defines a vision, goals and objectives, strategies, and tools to preserve, conserve, restore, and enhance natural resources through the establishment of a countywide, integrated green infrastructure system. It highlights the importance of protecting large blocks of contiguous land and improving connectivity as it aims to establish a network of natural areas, conservation lands, and working landscapes. Greenscapes provides a blueprint for accommodating appropriate growth and development while preserving the region’s most valuable natural resources, native species, cultural assets and agricultural economy.
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Hazlet 2030: A Community Vision for Hazlet Township

2009
Organizations/Sources: Hazlet Township
Press release announcing the kick-off workshop for the Hazlet 2030 visioning process and describes the purpose and funding for the process.
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Hazlet 2030: Briefing Book

2009
Organizations/Sources: Maser Consulting P.A.
This document was used at a public workshop and presents the existing conditions, describes prior planning efforts and the key focus areas, and provides questions for public discussion during the workshop.
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Height, Guy Wires, and Steady-burning Lights Increase Hazard of Communication Towers to Nocturnal Migrants: A Review and Meta-analysis

2008
Organizations/Sources: The American Ornithologists’ Union
Communication towers in North America kill millions of birds annually, and most of these are Neotropical species that migrate at night. This paper reviews and analyzes the literature on the features of towers that can be regulated, particularly tower design and placement, to provide a scientific basis for regulation of tower construction and operation.
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Land Use in PA: Practices and Tools – An Inventory

2000
This book contains practices and tools used in Pennsylvania to promote responsible land use. The document is available from the following website free of charge:
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Managing Natural Resources: A Guide for Municipal Commissions

2008
Authors: Bill Elmendorf
This publication is a guide to municipal land use planning. It covers topics that include tree commissions, public landscaping, stormwater management and reclamation of vacant lots.
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Maps show where Bay's treasures are threatened by development

2005
Authors: Karl Blankenship
Organizations/Sources: Chesapeake Bay Journal
This article discusses the impact the resource land assessment (a development threat analysis) had on preservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
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Sustaining and Improving Pennsylvnia's Forest Land Through Comprehensive Plans

2018
Provides a detailed description of forests and their benefits; analysis of threats to forest land; and description of various tools municipalities can use to maintain, protect, and restore forests.
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Traditional Neighborhood Development

2017
Authors: Nate Lotze
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Traditional Neighborhood Development creates compact, mixed-use, non-automobile- dependent neighborhoods and communities. It serves the needs of people and accommodates growth with minimal waste of land. (Print version of ConservationTools.org Guide)
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